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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN

LEROY W. BROOKS,

Plaintiff, Case No. 06-C-218

v.

JUDY SMITH, Warden, Oshkosh


Correctional Institution, and
JOHN NIEBUHR, Vilas County Sheriff, ORDER

Defendants.

The plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, lodged a civil rights complaint under 42

U.S.C. § 1983 and has requested leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Pursuant to the Prison

Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), the plaintiff is required to pay the statutory filing fee of $250.00

in full for this action. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).

Under the PLRA, which amended the in forma pauperis statute, the court must assess an

initial partial filing fee of twenty percent of the average monthly deposits to the plaintiff's

account or average monthly balance in the plaintiff's prison account for the six-month period

immediately preceding the filing of the complaint, whichever is greater. Id. After the initial fee

is paid, the prisoner must make monthly payments of twenty percent of the preceding month's

income until the filing fee is paid in full. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). The agency which has

custody of the prisoner will collect the money and send payments to the court. Id. No payment

is required in months when the prisoner's preceding month's income is $10.00 or less. Id.

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The plaintiff filed a certified copy of his prisoner trust account statement for the six-

month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint as required under 28 U.S.C.

§ 1915(a)(2). This account statement shows the activity in the plaintiff's prison account for the

past six months.

A review of this information reveals that, for the six-month period immediately

preceding the filing of the instant complaint, the average monthly deposit to the plaintiff's prison

account was $23.10 and the average monthly balance to the account was $1.25. Thus, in

accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), the plaintiff is required to pay an

initial partial filing fee of $4.62. The plaintiff shall pay the initial partial filing fee of $4.62 to

the clerk of this court within 21 days of the date of this order.

The PLRA also provides that if a prisoner files more than three actions or appeals which

are dismissed as frivolous or malicious or for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be

granted, the prisoner will be prohibited from bringing any other actions in forma pauperis,

unless the prisoner is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). In the

event that his action is later dismissed for any of the above reasons, it will have an impact on the

prisoner's ability to bring other actions in forma pauperis. Accordingly, the plaintiff will be

afforded an opportunity to voluntarily dismiss this action to avoid incurring a "strike" under

section 1915(g).

Notice to Plaintiff: If you do not wish to pay the filing fee as set forth in this order or do

not wish to proceed with this action to avoid incurring a “strike” under §1915(g), you must

notify the court by writing a letter to the clerk within 21 days of the date of this order, stating

that you do not wish to prosecute this civil action. If you write such a letter, this case will be

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dismissed without prejudice. Voluntary dismissal will not be counted as a "strike" under

§1915(g).

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that within 21 days of the date of

this order, the plaintiff shall forward to the clerk of this court the sum of $4.62 as an initial

partial filing fee in this action.

Upon payment of the initial partial filing fee, the court will determine whether the action

can continue to proceed in forma pauperis. The court will then review the complaint and

dismiss the action if it is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be

granted, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief.

IT IS ALSO ORDERED that copies of this order be sent to the warden of the institution

where the inmate is confined and to Corey F. Finkelmeyer, Assistant Attorney General,

Wisconsin Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7857, Madison, Wisconsin, 53707-7857.

Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin this 3rd day of March, 2006.

BY THE COURT

s/ Rudolph T. Randa
HON. RUDOLPH T. RANDA
Chief Judge